A figure space or numeric space[1] is a typographic unit equal to the size of a single numerical digit. Its size can fluctuate somewhat depending on which font is being used. This is the preferred space to use in numbers. It has the same width as a digit and keeps the number together for the purpose of line breaking.[2]


In Unicode it is assigned U+2007 FIGURE SPACE. Its HTML character entity reference is  .

Baudot code may include a figure space. It is character 23 on the Hughes telegraph typewheel.[3]

See also


  1. ^ IBM (1996). "Symbols - Personal Computer". REGISTRY, Graphic Character Sets and Code Pages. GCSGID 01310.
  2. ^ Heninger, Andy, ed. (2013-01-25). "Unicode Line Breaking Algorithm" (PDF). Technical Reports. Annex #14 (Proposed Update Unicode Standard): 19. Retrieved 10 March 2015. WORD JOINER should be used if the intent is to merely prevent a line break
  3. ^ Fischer, Eric. "The Evolution of Character Codes, 1874-1968" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-03-18. Retrieved 2015-09-04.